Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

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hmstdboy

Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby hmstdboy » Mon 27 Jun, 2005 20:28

My hayward navigator pool vac always gets stuck on the main drain. I have to pull it off of the drain every hour or so. Anyone know a solution?


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Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby Gov » Tue 28 Jun, 2005 18:52

Vacuum it yourself.
My auto-vac always got stuck behind the ladder, found it was less of a headache to just take the 30 minutes and vacuum it and be done with it, instead of always checking to see if it was stuck!!!
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Postby BraddockPools » Sun 17 Jul, 2005 22:39

Gov,
You an awfully anti-automated cleaner kind of guy.Personally, I love them. When you clean 50 pools a week you don't have the time to vac every pool and there is no need for it. Although suction side cleaners, ie Navigators, Kreepy, etc... do not work as well as pressure side cleaners, ie Letro, Polaris, Viper etc... they all can be made to work. If they didn't these companys wouldn't have a thriving business.

Hmstboy,
Adjust the suction side valves. (The ones in the front of your filter pump.) You can give the navigator more suction and the main drain less and this should solve your problem. If not your navigator's rubber feet may need replaced.

Justin
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deweyc

Re: Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby deweyc » Sun 17 Dec, 2006 15:39

hmstdboy wrote:My hayward navigator pool vac always gets stuck on the main drain. I have to pull it off of the drain every hour or so. Any
one know a solution?


there's a drain cover (not cheap) that you can replace yours with that is flatter and specifically for auto-cleaners
jthot

navigator stuck

Postby jthot » Mon 23 Apr, 2007 17:30

Navigator stuck probelm can be solved with a drain cover that is specifically designed to keep navigator off of main drain. It has a "bumper" built into it.
hmalbaugh

Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby hmalbaugh » Thu 03 Jun, 2010 11:06

Try the new device from maindrainclipon inexpensive and easy to install
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Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby riverdogg8899 » Tue 15 Jun, 2010 15:08

Yes no worries. Go to www.reliablepoolsolutions.com and you can find a drain cover that will go over your main drain cover to help those from not getting stuck.

Good Luck,

Rob
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hmstdboy wrote:My hayward navigator pool vac always gets stuck on the main drain. I have to pull it off of the drain every hour or so. Anyone know a solution?
Mike C.

Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby Mike C. » Tue 13 Jul, 2010 09:38

I had the exact same problem. Very annoying. My Navigator is about 10 years old, but otherwise works well. I have been very good about replacing parts (even though expensive to buy!!) as needed.
I emailed the Hayward company about the "getting stuck constantly on the pool drain" problem and asked for their suggestions.
A very nice gentleman there sent me a brand new "Variable Throat Assembly" (part no. 29 on their parts list). This was perhaps the only part that I have not replaced through the years. The one he sent differed from the original in that there were two much beefier "lugs" cast into the plastic on the underside. Perhaps this is a new design??
Anyway, to make a long story short, it's been nearly a week now and the Navigator has not gotten stuck on the drain, not even once. Occasionally it will sit atop the drain for about 30 seconds to a minute, but will then manage to walk off on it's own. Hallelujah!! Problem solved!!! :D
hmalbaugh

Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby hmalbaugh » Thu 29 Jul, 2010 12:23

Gov wrote:Vacuum it yourself.
My auto-vac always got stuck behind the ladder, found it was less of a headache to just take the 30 minutes and vacuum it and be done with it, instead of always checking to see if it was stuck!!!


I found an inexpensive and easy to install solution for getting stuck on the main drain. Go to maindrainclipon an see what you think...
hmalbaugh

Re: Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby hmalbaugh » Thu 29 Jul, 2010 12:25

deweyc wrote:
hmstdboy wrote:My hayward navigator pool vac always gets stuck on the main drain. I have to pull it off of the drain every hour or so. Any
one know a solution?


there's a drain cover (not cheap) that you can replace yours with that is flatter and specifically for auto-cleaners


I found an inexpensive and easy to install solution for getting stuck on the main drain. Go to maindrainclipon an see what you think...
hmalbaugh

Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby hmalbaugh » Thu 29 Jul, 2010 12:26

riverdogg8899 wrote:Yes no worries. Go to pool store and you can find a drain cover that will go over your main drain cover to help those from not getting stuck.

Good Luck,

Rob
pool store
hmstdboy wrote:My hayward navigator pool vac always gets stuck on the main drain. I have to pull it off of the drain every hour or so. Anyone know a solution?


I found an inexpensive and easy to install solution for getting stuck on the main drain. Go to maindrainclipo an see what you think...
maflip

Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby maflip » Thu 30 Sep, 2010 17:27

Mike C. wrote:I had the exact same problem. Very annoying. My Navigator is about 10 years old, but otherwise works well. I have been very good about replacing parts (even though expensive to buy!!) as needed.
I emailed the Hayward company about the "getting stuck constantly on the pool drain" problem and asked for their suggestions.
A very nice gentleman there sent me a brand new "Variable Throat Assembly" (part no. 29 on their parts list). This was perhaps the only part that I have not replaced through the years. The one he sent differed from the original in that there were two much beefier "lugs" cast into the plastic on the underside. Perhaps this is a new design??
Anyway, to make a long story short, it's been nearly a week now and the Navigator has not gotten stuck on the drain, not even once. Occasionally it will sit atop the drain for about 30 seconds to a minute, but will then manage to walk off on it's own. Hallelujah!! Problem solved!!! :D



I am having the same problem myself...was this hard to install?
hmalbaugh

Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby hmalbaugh » Wed 16 Mar, 2011 11:30

there is an inexpensive, easy to install clip that solves this problem.
Never get stuck again...
paulfpetersen

Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby paulfpetersen » Sun 27 Mar, 2011 10:20

I replaced my pool timer with a 220 volt X10 plug in module. Every hour It turns off the pump for a minute. This kicks the pool vac off the drain if it's stuck. There are many controllers that you program either with your computer or stand alone. I have used home automation for 35 years so adding a pool pump was easy. If you are starting from scratch there is a bit of a learning curve but nothing you can't handle.
cmorozco

Hayward navigator gets stuck on main drain cover

Postby cmorozco » Sat 16 Apr, 2011 16:49

Why not take a white plastic coat hanger and snip it to fit over the drain, place the ends in the holes and let of bend slightly over the drain forming a bumper.

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